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March 11, 2014Glenn Tilton, Chair, Missions Committee
We are one of 17 host churches that provide nightly shelter to
the client families. We will provide dinner, bed and
breakfast for them Sunday to Saturday that week. We need
people to cook dinner and/or offer to stay overnight at the
church those nights.
To help with one of these tasks, please contact Brian Hite,
916-470-9586, or the Church Office at 916-446-5025 or visit
On January 28, 2014, the FUMC Sacramento Leadership Team voted
unanimously join other churches in the California-Nevada Annual
Conference in a Declaration Of Inclusion.
We, the Leadership Team, at First United Methodist Church of
Sacramento, California declare that no one will be denied
the services of our church because of sexual orientation. This
includes the use of our property for same-sex marriages and
Come hear the Yale Spizzwinks perform at First United Methodist
Church on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. as part of their
Centennial Concert Series, featuring Sacramento native Drew
Robinett, who is the grandson of church members Elaine and Rip
The Yale Spizzwinks are America’s first and oldest underclassman
a cappella group. Since 1914, they have entertained audiences
around the world with their unique blend of sweet harmony and
tongue-in-cheek humor, and they are looking forward to bringing
their music and comedy back to Sacramento once again.
Our first pastor was Rev. Isaac Owen who, with his wife and
children, crossed the plains from Indiana to California, a 2000
mile journey in a covered wagon pulled by a team of oxen. In 1848
Owen was appointed supervising missionary to California; then in
September of 1849 he was appointed to the circuit including
Coloma and Sacramento.
March 2, 2014Glenn Tilton, Chair, Missions Committee
New Graduates from Family Promise Sacramento
Milton and his daughter Malesia graduated from Family Promise and
were in their new home right before the holidays with new toys
and a bike from some of the 28 support congregations who provided
care and comfort to them during their time in the program. They
are the 147th family to graduate from the program that provides
them a case worker to help them solve some of the problems that
led them into homelessness, as well as counseling and guidance.
The Board of Trustees has elected officers for 2014. They are:
Pat Peck, President, Jill Dawdy, Vice President and Joni Patche
Secretary. Other members of the Board of Trustees are Aaron
Johnson, Shirley Bramham, Mark Rodriguez, Roberta Smith, Andy
Baumbauer, and Ken Banghardt. If you have any concerns or input
regarding the building, please contact one of these Board
Last month, we gathered in the Terrace Room to hear our first
annual “State of the Church.” The aim of this presentation was
not only to provide members with an overview of the church in
2013 but where we aim to go in 2014.
The presentation showed that we have gone through a period of
stagnation, where our membership and our worship attendance has
trended downward. We also presented the year’s budget, which at
this time shows a structural deficit.
The United Methodist Women’s unit of FUMC has been a supporter of
the United Nations Association of Sacramento for some forty plus
years. Both organizations have very similar concerns and goals
for women, youth and children.
In 2000, the United Nations developed eight ‘Millennium
Development Goals’ for accessing Human Rights in all areas of the
world. Working toward these goals for 14 years has dramatically
improved conditions and reduced human suffering. The Millennium
Development Goals are:
Our close relationships teach us that anger and affection are no
strangers. In fact, the people we love are most able to drive us
crazy. Maya Angelou notes that, “Bitterness is like cancer. It
eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all
A wonderful Lenten study is planned for adults in the
congregation that will enrich this sacred season for you.
The Way, Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus was developed by
Adam Hamilton, well known for his thoughtfulness and wisdom. In
this study, you will travel with Adam to the Holy Land as we
retrace the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the
temptations to the heart of his ministry, including the people
he loved, the enemies he made, the parables he taught, and the
roads that he traveled.
That is the title of a sermon given by Chett Prichett, Executive
Director of Methodists Federated for Social Action, during the
weekly chapel service in the United Methodist Building on Capitol
Hill. He was, of course, referencing Micah 6.8: “God has told
you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of
you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly
with your God?”
The Invitational Ministries Team is seeking volunteers who want
to help greet visitors and share our church story. The commitment
would be one to two Sundays during the coffee hour in the
A copy of the final financial statement for 2013 is posted on the
bulletin board in the J Street lobby. At the recent Finance
Committee meeting chaired by Jim Johnson, we used this Litany of
Thanksgiving for God’s blessings in 2013. The financial statement
for January, 2014 will be posted on the bulletin board soon.
Aging is a part of all our lives and often it brings diminishment
in physical and mental capabilities. Ask anyone who is in
their 80’s and they will tell you that getting older is not for
sissies—it’s just plain difficult.
Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on the website of
the United Methodist Women. The original article is linked
Theressa Hoover, a vanguard for women’s empowerment, racial
justice and the first African American chief executive of
United Methodist Women’s national policymaking body, died
Saturday, Dec. 21, in a nursing facility in Fayetteville, Ark.
Ms. Hoover was 88.